#4837 - Thursday, February 7, 2013 - Editor: Gloria Lee
There is nothing to practice. To know yourself,
be yourself. To be yourself, stop
imagining yourself to be this or that.
Just be. Let your true nature emerge.
Don't disturb your mind with seeking.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj
To exert yourself in religious practice, trying
to produce enlightenment by doing
religious practices and zazen, is all
wrong too. There's no difference between
the mind of all the buddhas and the
Buddha Mind of each one of you. But by
wanting to realise enlightenment, you
create a duality between the one who
realises enlightenment and what it is
that's being realised. When you cherish
even the smallest desire to realise
enlightenment, right away you leave the realm
of the Unborn and go against
the Buddha Mind. This Buddha Mind you have from
your parents innately is one
alone - not two, not three!
[Originally from 'The Record of Bankei', quoted
from the book 'Bankei Zen'
translated by Peter Haskel]
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Life is a series of natural and spontaneous
changes. Don't resist them - that only
creates sorrow. Let reality be
reality. Let things flow naturally forward in
whatever way they like.
~ Lao Tzu
To have some deep feeling about Buddhism is not
the point; we just do what we
should do, like eating supper and going to
bed. This is Buddhism.
~ Shunryu Suzuki
[Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind]
The rising and the elimination of illusion are both illusory. Illusion is
something rooted in Reality; it exists because of your dualistic
thinking. If you
will only cease to indulge in opposed concepts such as
'Enlightened', illusion will cease of itself. And then if you
still want to destroy
it wherever it may be, you will find that there is not
a hairsbreadth left of
anything on which to hold. This is the meaning of: 'I
will let go with both hands,
for then I shall certainly discover the Buddha
in my Mind.'
~ Huang Po
Sometimes we think that to develop an open
heart, to be truly loving and
compassionate, means that we need to be
passive, to allow others to abuse us, to
smile and let anyone do what they
want with us. Yet this is not what is meant by
compassion. Quite the
contrary. Compassion is not at all weak. It is the strength
that arises out
of seeing the true nature of suffering in the world. Compassion
allows us to
bear witness to that suffering, whether it is in ourselves or others,
without fear; it allows us to name injustice without hesitation, and to act
strongly, with all the skill at our disposal. To develop this mind state of
compassion... is to learn to live, as the Buddha put it, with sympathy for
beings, without exception.
~ Sharon Salzberg
via Zen Poems, Haiku & Writings on
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And once we have the condition of peace and joy
in us, we can afford to be in
any situation. Even in the situation of hell,
we will be able to contribute our
peace and serenity. The most important
thing is for each of us to have some
freedom in our heart, some stability in
our heart, some peace in our heart. Only
then will we be able to relieve the
suffering around us.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh